O'Fallon Progress

Local O’Fallon and Shiloh crime briefs

Missouri man jailed after traffic stop

At about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 a Missouri man, Dennis M. Dixon, 36, was taken into custody after a traffic stop driving on a revoked license and having an outstanding warrant. Dixon, of the 2400 block of Ozark React Drive in Festus, Mo., had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in an Illinois court in connection with an alleged driving under the influence of alcohol charge, according to Shiloh Police Detective George Fender.

The traffic stop occurred within the 500 block of Green Mount Road in Shiloh after Dixon allegedly was speeding. According to Fender, Dixon was taken into custody without incident. On Saturday, Nov. 12, St. Clair County Assistant State’s Attorney Areda Johnson reviewed the case and issued another warrant for the class 4 felony of driving while license revoked, subsequent offense. He is being held at St. Clair County Jail in Belleville with a bond of $20,000 set by St. Clair County Judge William Clay.

O’Fallon man eludes police

William T. Burk, 47, of 433 Lemen Settlement Rd., posted $11,500 bond after allegedly committing reckless driving on a revoked driver’s license, willfully fleeing and eluding police and resisting a police officer during an attempted arrest on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Caseyville on Illinois Highway 157.

According to St. Clair County Circuit Court documents, Caseyville Police Officer Max Boyd attempted to get Burk to stop operating a 1988 Honda motorcycle, which led to a pursuit of Burk who willfully continued recklessly driving at a speed of 21 miles per hour over the legal speed limit. Burk faces four charges — a class 4 felony for aggravated fleeing police; and, three class A traffic misdemeanors for driving on a revoked license; reckless driving, and resisting arrest by failing to place his hands behind his back when instructed to do so by Boyd.

Represented by defense attorney Thomas Daley, Burk has a felony pre-trial conference slated for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 in courtroom 401.

This isn’t the first time Burk has fled police during an attempted routine traffic stop.

According to court documents, a case is still pending for fleeing/attempting to elude Fairview Heights police officers from May 31. Just two days prior, May 29, a class 4 felony case of aggravated fleeing/damage less than $300 to property is listed as being closed/dismissed.

On May 29, Burk was arrested for a class A misdemeanor of driving under the influence of any amount of drug, which is open pending a court appearance.

Suspect of drug possession at large

O’Fallon resident Keisha M. Phillips, 26, of 605 Cherry St., is still at large and facing one count of a class 4 felony after being found in possession of less than 15 grams of a controlled substance containing heroin and fentanyl on Aug. 26 allegedly.

On Oct. 19, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office issued a warrant for Phillips’ arrest to the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois, also known as MEGSI, a covert multi-jurisdictional drug task force comprised of 14 officers. Those assigned to the task force cover Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties.

Phillips owes fines totaling $250.27 to the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk’s office.